Tag: Menhaden

Menhaden regulations thrown a curveball

Menhaden regulations thrown a curveball

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission on Tuesday made changes to the menhaden reduction fishery for the Chesapeake Bay and along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. But they weren’t what fisheries division staff recommended – a rarity. A battle waged by the recreational fishing industry for decades, the changes went from being a big step for the effort to one that holds…

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The bay’s little, oily fish continues to be a huge issue

The bay’s little, oily fish continues to be a huge issue

Much has been written over the years about the lowliest and arguably most important fish swimming. Menhaden. For years, bunker (as these small oily fish also are known) was the only species controlled in Virginia by the General Assembly. That’s been fixed, as fisheries managers at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission now implement regulations based on federal mandates. While that…

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